BERLIN On Friday, a committee of experts presented the long-awaited report on the effectiveness of the existing measures to protect against the corona. Consequently, protective measures such as wearing a mask may still be helpful in the fight against the coronavirus. But behind many other known conditions, experts put question marks, due to the lack of sufficient data, reliable assessments are not possible.
“It will be a difficult autumn, we must be prepared,” Lauterbach told ARD “Tagesthemen”. He believes that “we will have great difficulties with the BA.5 option, which is now spreading here.” It expects a very large number of cases, which can also lead to an overload of critical infrastructure.
Lauterbach ruled out a blockade as at the start of the ZDF pandemic: “We wouldn’t do it again.” However, there may be times when one or the other measure makes sense again. Lauterbach declined to provide details, citing confidential negotiations with Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP). Already on Friday, they started an hour and a half conversation. “I think we’ll be quick,” said Lauterbach. A good infection protection law will be prepared in the next few weeks.
The German Town Association also warns against haste. “The traffic lights must be agreed before the summer break. It is too late to start the legislative process on the new Infection Protection Act this fall, “Managing Director Helmut Dedy told the Funke media group newspaper (Saturday). The federal government should allow “indoor wearing of masks in an emergency,” demanded Dedy. Also included in the toolkit are provisions for 2G / 3G access.
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Andreas Gassen, chairman of the board of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Doctors, called for a move away from morbidity data as a basis for long-term corona measurements. In the transition to endemism, policy should primarily focus on protecting at-risk groups, Gassen told the Rheinische Post (Saturday). Understandably, he mentioned limiting the mask requirement to rooms or places with a higher risk of infection.
According to Gassen, school closings should be avoided. “It will not come to that anymore,” explained the leader of the FDP parliamentary group Christian Dürr in Welt am Sonntag. The president of the German Medical Society, Klaus Reinhardt, proposed a roundtable of health and education ministers, doctors, educators and other experts in the Funke newspapers to “develop a viable corona discharge strategy for schools and day care centers”.
For some time now, the number of infections has risen again and the more contagious omicron BA.5 subline already dominates the infection process. According to the poll, almost half of the inhabitants of Germany immediately support stricter regulations. In a poll by the Civey opinion research institute commissioned by the Augsburger Allgemeine (Saturday), 49 percent answered positively as to whether the current measures on the crown should be tightened immediately. 43 percent were against, 8 percent undecided.
The German Association of Towns and Municipalities calls for a quick resumption of free corona discharge research due to the deteriorating situation in autumn. “We assume that by autumn at the latest, when the next big corona wave arrives, there will be free worldwide tests again,” said managing director Gerd Landsberg of the Germany editorial network (RND / Saturday). Free rapid tests are an important part of fighting a pandemic.
From Thursday, only free tests for risk groups and other exceptional cases are available. For tests, e.g. family celebrations, concerts or meetings with people over the age of 60, a surcharge of EUR 3 is due. Anyone who wants such a test must sign that it is made for this purpose. Lauterbach justified this restriction, inter alia, high testing costs.
The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians responsible for billing declared on Thursday, due to difficulties in verifying eligibility requirements, that “they will no longer be able to bill and pay for citizenship tests in the future.” Lauterbach relies on regulation with doctors over the next few days.